Goldfinger

Continuity mistake: In Fort Knox, when Bond is crouched about to grab the hat, he moves closer to it between shots.

Sacha Premium member

Continuity mistake: In the teaser, when Bond has come out of the water and climbed up the cliff, right after he kicks the guard he is seen running away. In that frame you can see he is wearing leather shoes with light brown leather soles - which are completely dry. He was not wearing those in the water.

Jacob La Cour

Factual error: When Bond goes to open the "nuclear device" he picks up 2 solid gold bars and proceeds to use them to open the casing. Due to the density of gold, it is virtually impossible for a person to lift even a single bar without the use of two hands. Let alone one in each hand, using them to open a box. Regarding the same scene, there was no damage to the gold. Gold being the softest of metals, it should have shown severe damage if used in that manner.

Continuity mistake: When Goldfinger is being sucked out the window of the airplane, he suddenly shrinks to about half his normal size.

Factual error: Due to the actual weight of gold, it would be inconceviabe for the gold to be stacked in such a way as it is depicted in Fort Knox.

Continuity mistake: When Bond is launched towards Oddjob's hat, the cable is gone when he is sliding on the floor, and suddenly appears behind Bond when the angle changes.

Sacha Premium member

Revealing mistake: When Bond is at the hotel at Miami, in several scenes you can see that film was shot at a hotel, and then the editors placed the card game opponent's figure in the film. The filming of the figures is a lot clearer and crisper, while the background looks like a homemade film.

Continuity mistake: After we first see Tilly Masterson's car overtaking Bond's Aston, the next few shots of the scenery are inconsistent. What is seen through Bond's car windows does not match the scenery in the subsequent long shots. And Tilly's car is shown leaving the village, then after getting out on the open road, the shot through her rear window shows her leaving the village again.

Factual error: The girl is killed by having paint all over her body, supposedly suffocating her. While a widely believed theory at the time, it is not actually true that you can be suffocated by cutting off air to the skin - as long as you are still breathing, you won't suffocate. The only way damage might be caused is that by being unable to sweat/cool, you might get heatstroke, alternatively the toxic elements of the paint might prove fatal, but both of those effects would take far longer to kill you. (00:16:15)

Sol Parker

Other mistake: After Goldfinger has lost the golf round and is about to depart, Bond hands Oddjob the Slazenger 7 and says 'I believe this is yours'. Oddjob (who's obviously upset that Goldfinger lost) crushes the golf ball and throws it out the window. It's ridiculous. 1: Golf balls have a liquid or rubber core, so you'd see the residue. 2: A golf ball has several very hard layers to prevent it from collapsing on a hard impact. 3: When Oddjob throws it, look closely and it looks a bit like a section of a styrofoam cup.

Factual error: When Odd Job gets electrocuted at the end, the electricity would only go through his body if he were grounded, which he wasn't. So only his hand would really have gotten shocked.

Excelsior

Continuity mistake: When Oddjob drives into the junkyard, watch his shadow as he exits the car. Then look at the shadows while he drives off. Some hours have passed between the shootings, perhaps the missing hours are the ones it took for the engine to be removed from the car? (Check the other mistake from this scene).

Audio problem: When Bond fights Oddjob in Fort Knox, he tries to hit Oddjob with a metal pole, but it ends up to wall, and Oddjob cuts it with his hand. The remaining piece of pole falls to floor and it sounds like the pole is made of styrox.

Character mistake: Goldfinger is holding a S&W .38 in his plane. Bond says (in his explanation about shooting guns in planes), "That's a Smith and Wesson .45."

wolfman

Plot hole: After Pussy Gallore's airplanes spray "Delta-9" onto Fort Knox and the soldiers fake the effects, why does the army let Goldfinger and his nuclear device so far into Fort Knox? Wouldn't it be much safer to intercept him somewhere at the fence? He would be surrounded by thousand of soldiers either way, but without having the opportunity to plant his nuclear device in the building. The army even awaits the signals that the device is armed.

Goekhan
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Suggested correction: It was only when the atomic bomb was armed that it could be detected. If the trap was sprung too soon, the bomb might bot be captured. It was mentioned in the movie that if the bomb was not captured, it could be used elsewhere in the US. In addition, the bomb was not brought in by ground, but flown in after Fort Knox was captured.

Noman Premium member

Doesn't make sense too. Pussy Gallore was spraying useless "steam" over Fort Knox, she could've taken the bomb for Bond or the government pretty easily then.

Goekhan
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The bomb was not there for anyone to take. It was necessary to wait until the helicopter brought the bomb to Fort Knox. To do anything before the arrival of the bomb would have meant that the bomb would not be captured.

Noman Premium member

Other mistake: At the 17th hole, on his "drive" shot, Goldfinger actually hits a straight drive that never leaves the ground. (00:28:01)

Factual error: In the forest chase scene, Bond activates the oil slick feature. The car behind spins out on the slick. But it's a dirt road so the oil would just soak into the ground.

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Suggested correction: Absolutely incorrect. Unless the ground is very soft powder, the oil will not soak in straight away and will have the effect as shown in the film.

stiiggy

Audio problem: Bond's tires squeal as he brakes hard on the gravel/dirt road during the car chase in the woods near the factory.

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Suggested correction: Yep, happens all the time, depending on how firm the road is.

stiiggy

Revealing mistake: Bond's unconscious body falling out of the car at the end of the car chase is obviously sped up.

Continuity mistake: After Bond has wrecked Tilly Masterson's car, he takes her to a gas station. At the gas station, there is a orange camping tent visible in the background, When Bond leaves the gas station, the tent is suddenly gone.

James Bond: A martini. Shaken, not stirred.

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Trivia: Harold Sakata (Oddjob) was formerly a professional weightlifter and won a silver medal for the United States at the 1948 Olympics in London.

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Question: Why did Goldfinger go through the hassle of telling the other gangsters his plan, only to kill them right after?

Answer: Goldfinger wants to keep the charade going up until the end so the others suspect nothing unusual. It is also a means of exposition to explain the plot to the audience.

raywest Premium member

Answer: I believe that Goldfinger is a showman / show off and wanted to boast for the pure hell of it. Also I think that he had to string them along so they wouldn't suspect he was about to do what he ultimately did to them.

Alan Keddie
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